Showing posts with label Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber. Show all posts

Monday, October 02, 2023

ADIPEC Day I: "Decarbonising. Faster. Together"

The Oilholic is delighted to be back at ADIPEC 2023 after a gap of four years, and one virtual ADIPEC (2020) during the Covid pandemic. The tagline this year is rather unique "Decarbonising. Faster. Together" - and one that yours truly, and one suspects 160,000-plus delegates who'd be visiting the event are unlikely to miss. 

It's on banners, flags, posters, flyers, magazines, websites and broadcasts - in short if you are in town, you are unlikely to miss it. 

But what does it all mean? For Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber - ADNOC's boss and the country's Minister of Energy and Advanced Technology, and one might add the President-designate of COP28 - it all about an energy transition that's "just, orderly, equitable and responsible." More on that here via this blogger's latest Forbes post. But kudos from a branding perspective as "Decarbonising. Faster. Together" is just as catchy in 2023, as "Oil and Gas 4.0" was back in 2019. 

Something's of course never change. China has yet again sent a humongous delegation to town with a number of exhibitors, major energy outfits, businesspersons, subject matter experts and dignitaries whose presence you simply cannot miss. 

There are also another 29 country pavilions to visit. Around 1,600 speakers are in town, present company included, and 10 parallel conference streams, two of which the Oilholic will have four sessions in (More details here). The "Make It In The Emirates" theme - encouraging the UAE's domestic industry and manufacturing - also looms large and proud around ADIPEC corridors. 

This blogger also hosted the first of his panel sessions at ADIPEC 2023, titled: "The twin transition: policy alignment between the green and digital agendas," i.e. the simultaneous shift towards a more sustainable and digital economy. 

This engaging discussion included panellists Andrei Covatariu, Co-Chair, Task Force on “Digitalization in Energy” and Vice-Chair of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe; Allyson Anderson Book, Chief Sustainability Officer, Baker Hughes and Leonid Zhukov, VP of Data Science, BCG-X and Director of BCG Global AI Institute. 

That's all for the moment folks as we're just getting started in Abu Dhabi. More to follow soon! Keep reading, keep it 'crude'!

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© Gaurav Sharma 2023. Photo: (1) Entrance to ADIPEC 2023, Abu Dhabi, UAE, (2) Pavilions of companies from China. © Gaurav Sharma 2023.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Glimpses of GMIS 2021

As we embark on a post-COVID journey, it is heartening to note that energy, industry and manufacturing events are gradually returning to the physical format with all of us having had enough of endless Zoom conferences in lockdown. One such signature fixture that's back with a bang is the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), established in 2015, to further dialogues on the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s transformative potential. 

A joint initiative between United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates, GMIS 2021 has returned to the physical format from November 22 to 27, 2021 in Dubai alongside the Dubai Expo 2020. Here are some glimpses of the ongoing event: 

Dubai Exhibition Centre where GMIS & Expo 2020 are being held
'Make it in the Emirates' & GMIS2021 going hand in hand 
US Climate Envoy John Kerry (right) & ADNOC CEO Sultan Al Jaber get the lowdown on RoboRace car at GMIS2021

CEO of Mubadala Khaldoon Al Mubarak tells US journalist John Defterios that the UAE is going big on AI investment

Vision of making Dubai a solar powered City


© Gaurav Sharma 2021. Photo © Gaurav Sharma, November 23, 2021.

Monday, November 11, 2019

ADIPEC Day I: Oil & Gas 4.0, efficiencies & VIPs

The Oilholic finds himself in the UAE for the 2019 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC), rounding up day one of the global event with more than a packed agenda to report back.

Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ANDOC) got things going on Monday noting how Industry 4.0 is creating a "paradigm shift in global growth and energy demand."

"Oil and gas will play, as an essential part of the broader energy mix, in enabling tomorrow’s global economy. We have to admit some realities - our industry is being disrupted by new technologies, new forms of energy, a new geopolitical order. This disruption is only beginning and will gather pace," he added. 

Rubbing shoulders with attendees, expected to number 150,000 over the next few days, were several VIPs both foreign and domestic, and day one included sessions with the OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo, Indian oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan, BP Boss Bob Dudley, Eni’s Claudio Descalzi, and Total’s Patrick Pouyann√© to name a few.

And former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told ADIPEC attendees the post World War II "established" economic model "is under strain [and] threat" from terrorism, cyber threats & global power rivalries. 

Away from the VIPs, quite a bit of "Oil and Gas 4.0" kit was on display alongside hydrogen cars, automation equipment and analytics platforms for integrated asset management, interspersed with nuts, bolts and pipeline joints.

Finally, day one was also timed to coincide with the official launch of the Abu Dhabi oil futures, that sees ADNOC partner with exchange group ICE, major oil companies, refiners and trading house Vitol.

The idea is an ambitious one of establishing Murban – Abu Dhabi's signature crude – as a potential oil benchmark. Here is some background to the development from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. (MS Word Download here)

Elsewhere, at the ADIPEC Awards, BP's Dudley, who is due to retire as the oil and gas major's CEO next year, was awarded a lifetime achievement award for his commitment to the energy industry.

That's all for the moment folks, more from here over the coming days. The Oilholic will be moderating and speaking on days two and three as the event gathers further momentum. Keep reading, keep it ‘crude’!

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© Gaurav Sharma 2019. Photo I: Exhibition Hall at ADIPEC 2019. Photo II: Drone on display at ADIPEC exhibition © Gaurav Sharma 2019.